Published April 21, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS – A waitress at an Indianapolis Olive Garden mistakenly served rum to a 10-year-old boy Thursday, police said.
According to police, the boy had ordered a non-alcoholic wildberry frullato daiquiri for children but the waitress mistakenly brought back a drink that had rum in it. The child drank about 2 ounces of the 4 ounce drink before the waitress realized her mistake.
The waitress told management about the error and the restaurant's manager then told the parents. The manager reportedly said the child would be fine but the parents took the boy to the hospital just to be sure.
Tests revealed the boy did have alcohol in his system, but that it equaled less than 1 percent. Officers said the child appeared to be fine, though he was a little shaken up.
Police determined the waitress acted without any malice. Police also determined the family's tab didn't show that any alcohol had been ordered.
Olive Garden released the following statement Friday:
"We find this situation completely unacceptable and we are extremely upset that this occurred.
"We have a zero tolerance policy for any violation of our responsible alcohol service policy, and the employee who served the wrong drink has been terminated. We are thankful that the child is OK and we will continue to work with the family to resolve this issue."
The mix-up came roughly a year after a mom said her toddler got a little tipsy after being served sangria at an Olive Garden southeast of Orlando, Fla.